By Marissa Perrella.
We all know that during exams, eating healthy is not a priority. If you’re like me, you’re prone to snacking on pretty much anything that’s in your cupboards all day, and when there’s nothing left that you actually want, you make a fast food run.
Now I’m not saying it’s not okay to do that sometimes, but keep in mind that your brain is working overtime during exams and that means it needs even more nutrients and healthy foods than it would on any normal day- and McDonalds is not going to fulfill those needs 😉
So I am going to share with you some of my favourite meals that I have made over the last year myself. They may appear to be time consuming, but they actually require little meal prep and can be left cooking on their own for most of the time! Some of them can even be made in ONE SINGLE POT (that means less dishes! Yay!). Most importantly, they are significantly healthier than fast food so it is important that you try to make yourself healthy meals during exams.
- Crock-pot pork and veggies
This meal was super easy and required very little effort. You just put everything in the crock-pot on high for 3-4 hours, and it’s perfect! No prep, and hardly any cleaning. Here’s the recipe for this: http://12tomatoes.com/sc-hasselback-pork-loin/?utm_source=12t-12t&utm_medium=social-fb&utm_term=20161004&utm_content=video&utm_campaign=sc-hasselback-pork-loin&origin=12t_12t_social_fb_video_sc-hasselback-pork-loin_20161004
- Egg, cheddar and bacon avocado bowl
My mom made this masterpiece for me, and I’ve made it my own since and it was definitely super easy, super healthy (if you scratch the bacon and add more side fruit), and super delicious! Here’s how I made it:
- Slice an avocado in half and remove the seed plus some of avocado to make the hole bigger. Place the avocado in a muffin tin.
- Crack an egg and pour it into the hole of each avocado half.
- Sprinkle with cheese, bacon and seasoning.
- Bake for 10 minutes, or until desired egg consistency.
- Avocado chicken salad sandwich
Perfect for on the go! This recipe has it made as a “toast” and not a sandwich, but both ways work! I found it to be quite onion-y, so maybe cut back on those. But overall another healthy and really easy lunch (especially if you buy one of those pre-cooked warm whole chickens!). Here’s the recipe: https://www.buzzfeed.com/hitomiaihara/your-lunch-will-be-so-much-better-with-this-avocado-chicken?bffbtasty&utm_term=4ldradw#4ldradw
- Sweet potato, quinoa/rice blend and honey-garlic chicken thighs
Sounds like a lot, but this was actually another really easy recipe that you can basically let cook on its own! Here’s what I did…
- Chicken thighs: https://www.facebook.com/buzzfeedtasty/videos/1709378572648118/
- “Seeds of Change- Quinoa and Brown Rice”: a microwaveable rice of any sort will do!
- Sweet potato: poke a couple holes in it with a fork, microwave for 4-8 minutes (depending on the size of the potato), let cool briefly then cut it in half and mash the insides with some butter and salt!
- ONE POT Creamy spinach and sausage pasta
Now this recipe doesn’t necessarily fall under the “healthy” category (well the spinach is), but it is quite easy and can all be made in ONE POT (which saves time on dishes!). Here is the recipe: http://www.budgetbytes.com/2013/07/creamy-tomato-spinach-pasta/
- Spaghetti squash chow mein
Another recipe you can just prep (takes a little bit of time), and throw in the oven! So healthy and totally filling even without any meat. Here’s the recipe: http://www.mastercook.com/app/recipe/WebRecipeDetails?recipeId=2130976
Now I don’t personally have photos for these recipes, but they are ones that I have made and do highly recommend!
- Frozen yogurt fruit cups: https://www.facebook.com/buzzfeedtasty/videos/1740825946170047/
- Light broccoli salad: http://simpleasthatblog.com/2016/03/lightened-broccoli-salad.html
- Kale chips: http://thebodydepartment.com/recipes/bbq-kale-chips-my-new-fav-snack/
- Pesto grilled cheese: http://weeklyspecialoffers.com/ConnectPlus/pesto-grilled-cheese-dippers-with-marinara/
There you have it, enough recipes to last you for a full week of eating, or two if you make every single thing because you’ll for sure have leftovers!
Happy studying RAMS, and make sure to always give your body the nutrition it needs, especially during this stressful time.